Why has “El Cid,” the ultimate motion picture experience (when seen as a motion picture) been so irrationally ignored by film critics? It finds no spot on various “Best 1,000” movie lists, for all its visual and aural splendor, its overwhelming artistic and thematic power.
What about the film “El Cid” isn’t acceptable?
Its lead actor? (Charlton Heston.)
Its theme of courage and honor?
Its Christian vs radical Muslim plot?
Inquiring minds want to know.